Now that the holidays are upon us and the end of the year is around the corner, and many publications present their “best of” lists and posts is no exception.
That said, I’m sure there will be disagreement on this compilation of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, but this is the case. Some of them are pretty standard, others not so. So without further ado:
Honorable Mention: The Spirit of Christmas (Jesus vs. Santa)
This short deserves an admirable mention because, while only about five minutes long, The Spirit of Christmas was Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s precursor to “South Park.” In this animated film, the South Park boys oversee a Mortal Kombat-esque brawl between Santa Claus and Jesus Christ with plenty of “South Park”-style humor. The social commentary pretty much writes itself.
5. Die Hard
One of the staples of action movie heroism can also be categorized as one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Although the film could have been set on almost any holiday, who could forget the RUN DMC Christmas music and John McClane’s now infamous “Yippee ki-yay”?
4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If I do not put this classic on here, I’m sure readers will send me anthrax in the mail. A Christmas staple, almost every scene in this film has been quoted by movie buffs for over 20 years and is often considered the best of the series.
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol
There have got to be, at the very least, 30 different renditions of the Charles Dickens story in release … this year. This one is probably the most kid-friendly and utilizes the Muppets as comic relief when so many other interpretations follow the serious tone of the book. Honestly who doesn’t love the Muppets?
2. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version
Right up there with Plan 9 from Outer Space, this film is considered one of the worst pieces of crap ever made. Once you give it the “MST3K” treatment however, this laughable cinematic failure turns into a hysterical riot. Turning bad line delivery and terrible stage props into comedic gold, Tom Servo, Crow and Joel heckle this holiday film from awful to awesome.
1. Bad Santa
Not only one of the greatest Christmas movies ever, Bad Santa is arguably one of the greatest comedies of all time. This film solidified Billy Bob Thorton’s character asshole deadbeat drunk person, and his Santa Claus is not a shred of holiday cheer throughout the body. How many quotable lines from Animal House, Bad Santa can not honestly be considered the best film ever made Christmas issue.